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Chickens and elephants

Cindy Tonkin - July 24, 2008

This is a chicken handbag for sale at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
And a sign a saw on the way home – attorneys who will let you go bankrupt for $600!! I’m sure some people would expect it to cost a lot more to go bankrupt!

Today was a gorgeous summer day. I walked home from class, taking a random left turn and coming home through a residential neighbourhood, just to see more (after about 8 days of going up and down the same street on foot or by bus, it was time for a change).

Hence the new signs (and there will be more, I’m pacing myself).

This afternoon’s classes:
we began the afternoon with scenes based on “the elephant in the room” – sort of “don’t mention the war”. We were given an offstage event going on or backstory element which was to inform our play, but not be mentioned as such. (e.g. an horrific traffic accident being cleaned up beside the car we were in, an abortion earlier that day, cancer) Another version of secret wants I guess, but quite cool nonetheless.

Then we got on to what actually makes a character (not just a funny walk or an accent). We got quite a lot of energy in the room talking about the people who annoyed us most (the story topper, the disconnected, the hypochondriac). Bill’s definition came down to the fact that they “always” do their behaviour, and encouraged us to think about consistency in our behaviours. We then went on to do scenes based on what he called “the clingy priest” – we endowed our scene partner with an adjective + occupation (the annoying present-giving uncle, the hypochondriac step mother, the bitter waitress), which kept us occupied for quite a while. We graduated from there to endowing ourselves (secretly) with our own adjective and noun.

The group/team is bonding quite nicely. We are learning each other’s good (and bad) bits, and we’re all adjourning to the Brits “awesome flat” for a party tomorrow after school. The 3 under 21’s won’t be able to drink, (well, they won’t be able to buy liquor anyway), but I think that will be worked out. It’s a big deal for them (we spent a while discussing it), but not so much for those of us (me, basically) who haven’t thought alcohol much of a treat for quite a few years now!

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